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Master Entry Professional Nursing (MEPN) - JUMP

Seeking a rewarding career change? Earn your Masters Degree in Nursing (MSN)

and become a Registered Nurse (RN) in just 2 years in the WKU Accelerated Nursing Program

Our Master Entry Professional Nursing (MEPN) program is designed for highly motivated individuals who have a prior bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. This accelerated, year-round program allows qualified individuals to graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) following completion of 2 years of full-time study.

Participation in this Joint Undergraduate Master Program (JUMP) at WKU will allow you to concurrently complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Following completion of the MEPN program, you are eligible to sit for NCLEX-RN, the RN licensure exam. Our two-year curriculum options include face-to-face, video streamed, and online instruction, with face to face classes meeting in Bowling Green, KY and clinical placements occurring in KY or TN.

BSN Program Outcomes

MSN Program Outcomes

MEPN Program Requirements

The Accelerated MEPN program is for highly motivated students who have a bachelor degree BS or BA, or other bachelor degree, in a discipline other than nursing and have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.

Prior to enrollment in the MEPN program you must also have completed 3 required prerequisite courses with a grade of B or above. The required courses are Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and Human Nutrition.  [Applicants whose Anatomy & Physiology I & II were completed more than 5 years prior to enrollment, must either retake the courses, or demonstrate current competency by scoring 77% or higher on the Anatomy & Physiology section of the HESI Entrance Exam.]

To be considered for MEPN admission, applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  • Earned Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in any discipline other than nursing and is NOT a licensed Registered Nurse.
  • Cumulative Bachelor's degree GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • HESI nursing pre-entrance exam comprehensive score of 80 or above.
  • Successful completion or enrollment in required prerequisite courses as noted above
  • English as a second language (ESL) applicants must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT): Minimum Cumulative Score of 86 combined AND Minimum Individual Scores of 26 in Speaking, 20 in Writing, 20 in Reading, & 20 in Listening.

Undergraduate Application to WKU

As students earn both a BSN (undergraduate) and an MSN (graduate degree), all MEPN applicants must first apply for admission to WKU as 586P (Pre-Nursing) major. All transcripts pertaining to your prior bachelor's degree must be received before a WKU Admission decision can be made.

Transfer students who have completed their bachelor's degree at another institution must have all transfer transcripts evaluated by WKU. The preferred method for transcript submission is directly from the National Student clearing house for electronic delivery to WKU. Transcripts can also be mailed to 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11020, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1020. Questions about this process should be directed to the WKU Transfer Center by phone at 270-745-2178 or email at transfer@wku.edu.

To obtain more information about the WKU undergraduate admission process, please go to https://www.wku.edu/admissions/.  Once you have submitted your undergraduate application to WKU Admissions, email graduatenursing-mepn@wku.edu with your name and WKU ID and your interest in the MEPN program.

MEPN Application

All MEPN applicants must be officially admitted to WKU as a Nursing (Pre-Nursing) 586P major prior to the application deadline dates - February 1 (for summer admission consideration) or September 1 (for spring admission consideration) - and before submitting the MEPN program application & application documents.

At the time of MEPN application, individuals must have either successfully completed all prerequisite courses or be enrolled in the final prerequisite courses. 

If a prerequisite course was completed at a different institution, the transcript reflecting course completion must be submitted to and processed by WKU prior to the MEPN application deadline.  The applicant may also be required to provide a course syllabus or catalog description of degree coursework.  NOTE: Applicants, with previous course work that does not directly transfer to WKU as one of the prerequisites, can be given permission to use other courses by emailing the relevant syllabus to MEPN coordinator, Dr. Tonya Bragg-Underwood, for evaluation prior to the application deadline.

If a prerequisite course is currently in-progress at a different institution, the applicant must submit a copy of current class schedule (including course number, course name, dates of enrollment) as a part of the application materials. The applicant may also be required to provide a course syllabus or catalog description of degree coursework.

All applicants are required to complete the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam prior to applying to the MEPN program and a copy of the applicant's scores as a part of the MEPN application.  The HESI exam evaluates general knowledge in areas of Reading Comprehension, Anatomy & Physiology and Math.  Applicants may take the HESI exam one time during each application cycle. Applicants may not retake the SAME exam version. The HESI nurse entrance exam scores are valid for one calendar year.  [Applicants may only take the HESI exam three (3) times.] To register for the HESI Entrance Exam, please visit https://www2.registerblast.com/wku/

A MEPN application is comprised of the items in the bulleted list below & must be submitted to graduatenursing-mepn@wku.edu with "[applicant name] MEPN Application" in the subject line by the application deadline date.

Nursing Student Health Requirements

All students will be required to submit documentation of meeting the SONAH Health and Safety Policies, (including relevant vaccinations) prior to enrolling in clinical nursing courses.  See BSN Student Handbook Appendix D for more information.  Nursing students are required to meet basic health requirements including routine childhood immunizations; annual flu vaccinations; testing for communicable diseases, including COVID; and random drug screening.  Clinical agency contracts do not permit students to waiver these requirements. 

WKU Tuition & Fees

For more information on tuition costs at WKU, please visit https://www.wku.edu/bursar/home-tuition-fees.php; in addition to tuition, there is a $400 program fee that will be billed to your University Account each semester enrolled as a Nursing 586 Major.

Contact/Schedule a SONAH Tour

To learn more about the MEPN program at WKU, Dr. Tonya Bragg-Underwood, MEPN coordinator, can be contacted by email at tonya.bragg-underwood@wku.edu or by phone at 270-745-4377. To schedule a tour of our Medical Health Sciences Complex (MCHC), please contact Jenny Lawyer by phone at 270-745-8832 or by email at jennifer.lawyer@wku.edu.




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 Last Modified 2/1/22